South Africa captain Faf du Plessis bats from scrapping toss in Tests

first_imgSouth Africa skipper Faf du Plessis has backed the idea of abolishing the toss before the start of Test matches.Du Plessis said he is a “big fan” of the idea as it would help reduce home advantage and bring more balance to the game.The International Cricket Council (ICC), the world governing body of the sport, discussed the possibility in a meeting in May but decided to continue with what has been a ritual since the first Test between Australia and England in 1877.”I’m a big fan of taking away the toss,” du Plessis said after his team were beaten inside three days by Sri Lanka in the opening match of the two-Test series on Saturday.”I think even in South Africa you’ll still prepare the conditions the way you prepare them now, but you just make sure that you bring some balance.”South Africa bowled out for their lowest Test total in 26 yearsThe merit of the toss has been debated as a need to reduce home advantage that often results in host nations rolling out pitches doctored to favour their players in what tends to end up as one-sided encounters.In Galle too, Sri Lanka won the toss and unleashed their spinners who claimed 17 of the 20 South African wickets as the visitors managed only 126 and 73 in their two innings before surrendering on a turning track.”In home conditions teams will still win the majority of the games, but you still do even it out a little,” du Plessis said.advertisement”I think over the last two or three years away-records have definitely gone down, and games are finishing a lot sooner than they used to.”Dale Steyn equals Shaun Pollock’s South African record for most Test wicketsOn a pitch that offered considerable turn and bounce for the slow bowlers, Sri Lanka’s first innings lead of 161 proved decisive as South Africa simply crumbled in the fourth innings on a deteriorating track.”When I started playing Test cricket, 400s and 500s were happening quite regularly,” du Plessis said. “So I’m not just speaking about subcontinent conditions.”In South Africa games hardly reach the end of day four anymore. I think that’s one of the ways you can make sure that balance is a little better.”Kagiso Rabada topples Harbhajan Singh to become youngest to 150 Test wicketsFormer Australia captains Ricky Ponting and Steve Waugh have backed a move to scrap the toss, while West Indies pace great Michael Holding also felt it would encourage an even contest between bat and ball.(With inputs from Reuters)last_img read more

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Trauma in aftermath of controversial ‘gender’ rule still haunts Dutee

first_imgBy Amanpreet Singh (Eds: Updating with quotes and more details) Jakarta, Aug 29 (PTI) The revision of a controversial ‘gender’ rule has left Dutee Chand free to compete anywhere but the double Asian Games silver medallist says she is still traumatised by the memories of her gruelling court battle to gain legitimacy. The 22-year-old Dutee clinched a silver each in the women’s 100m and 200m in her first Asian Games here as she was not allowed to participate in the 2014 edition while serving a ban under the hyperandrogenism policy of the IAAF (international athletics federation). She filed an appealed against this policy before the Court of Arbitration for Sports and won it. In a recent revision of the IAAF’s hyperandrogenism policy (which bars women athletes having male hormones above permissible limit from competing), Dutee has been left out of its purview. The rule now applies to events from 400m to the mile, including 400m, hurdles races, 800m, 1500m, one mile races and combined events over the same distances. “I have faced a lot since 2014. No one has gone through such a bad phase. I am glad that I could win two medals for the country. As of now there is no issue but there is no guarantee (of any ban),” the diminutive but gritty Dutee told reporters. “Yes, there is always this fear that it (the ban) might come back. But more the fear, the harder I train,” said Dutee who was suspended from competing in 2014-2015. Today, she crossed the finishing line of the 200m final in 23.20 seconds, behind Bahrain’s Edidiong Odiong who won gold in 22.96. The bronze went to China’s Wei Yongli (23.27).advertisement “It feels great to win two silver and that too with my personal best time in the semifinals. I was little tight today because I had given my all in the semifinal. I could not give my best (in the final race) but I have trained hard,” Dutee said. She joined her illustrious compatriots such as P T Usha in the list of athletes who have won more than one medal at the Asian Games. The legendary Usha had swept four gold medals at the 1986 Seoul Games, winning 200m, 400m, 400m hurdles and 4x400m relay. Jyotirmoyee Sikdar (800m and 1500m) had also won two medals at the at 1998 Bangkok Games. Sunita Rani (1500m, 5000m) also returned with two medals from the 2002 Busan Games. Some Asian countries have ‘imported’ African athletes to improve their profile in athletics. Asked to comment on this issue, Dutee said she does not think about such matters. “Anyone can come and compete, we can’t stop anyone. Irrespective of the field, I just try to give my best and fight to my potential. I pushed really hard towards the end but the other girls had long strides, so she (gold winner) edged me out.” The Odisha government had announced a cash award of Rs 1.5 crore for Dutee, acknowledging her silver medal winning performance in the 100m dash. Dutee said she will use the money to get better. “There will definitely be celebration. The occasion demands celebration. Also, the Odisha government has announced big prize money for me. I already have a house, so I will use this money for my training,” she said. She also acknowledged the contribution of various people who have helped her in tough times. “I was allowed to train at Pullela Gopichand Academy (in Hyderabad) during that time. I want to thank my legal team also which helped me winning the case,” she signed off. PTI AT PDSPDSlast_img read more

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Superlatives from the UTSA Game

first_imgWant an example of what an illegal hit looks like? McCleskey didn’t even have the ball. pic.twitter.com/KrAj9j26VM— Kyle Boone (@PFBoone) September 19, 2015GIF of the game: Rudolph’s awareness is all-time. He’s cool under pressure.Most heads up play: Deric Robertson returned the second fumble return of the day for the Pokes in a heady play in clean-up time.The 2nd fumble return TD on the day for #okstate. OSU would be an excellent start on defense in my fantasy league. pic.twitter.com/AiPvaXBBpa— Kyle Boone (@PFBoone) September 19, 2015Best catch: Ateman for the TD.Marcell Ateman with the TD catch! Great pass from J.W. Walsh. pic.twitter.com/TthRkjTvKV— Kyle Boone (@PFBoone) September 19, 2015Best play that never was: The fade to Washington in the endzone was pretty, but Washington wasn’t able to come down with it. (May have been held, but…) Regardless, that would have been a sick #SCTop 10 one-handed snag.It would of been a pretty #okstate TD pic.twitter.com/52xzLR1vHo— Sarah Phipps (@sarahcphipps) September 19, 2015So close. While you’re here, we’d like you to consider subscribing to Pistols Firing and becoming a PFB+ member. It’s a big ask from us to you, but it also comes with a load of benefits like ad-free browsing (ads stink!), access to our premium room in The Chamber and monthly giveaways.The other thing it does is help stabilize our business into the future. As it turns out, sending folks on the road to cover games and provide 24/7 Pokes coverage like the excellent article you just read costs money. Because of our subscribers, we’ve been able to improve our work and provide the best OSU news and community anywhere online. Help us keep that up. Winner: Glenn Spencer. His squad forced an incredible 7 turnovers, and most of Oklahoma State’s points came off those turnovers.Loser: The backup QB for UTSA. After the No. 1 was benched, the third string (walk on) quarterback came in and performed admirably. The No. 2 on the sideline had to be baffled.MVP: Chris Carson. He had 6.1 yards per carry and finished over the century mark on the day. He also dropped in two touchdowns.Best play: I became a pretty big Ray Tay fan last year, but I was glad to see him see him bust one loose today. He looked pretty good.Here’s the Raymond Taylor 58-yard TD scamper. pic.twitter.com/KQQuXH76iH— Kyle Boone (@PFBoone) September 19, 2015Quote of the game: Gundy said “We don’t need to say a lot about what the defense did.”Worst play: This just teed me off, man.last_img read more

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Ronaldo trolled by Casillas – Portugal loves me more!

first_imgCristiano Ronaldo Ronaldo trolled by Casillas – In Portugal they love me more! Matthew Scott Last updated 2 years ago 19:40 10/28/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Ronaldo - cropped Getty Images Cristiano Ronaldo Porto Primeira Liga Real Madrid Primera División The Ballon d’Or winner was caught off guard by the appearance of a former team-mate during a rather important announcement on Instagram Presenting your new child to the world is your time to shine, your chance to hog the limelight, so the last thing you need is someone trying to muscle in on your moment.Cristiano Ronaldo doesn’t need much of an invitation to show off, but he was usurped on Friday when announcing the name of his unborn baby daughter.Alana Martina is expected to be welcomed into the world in November, when Iker Casillas may have to buy a big baby present, after trolling Ronaldo during the naming ceremony – broadcast live on Instagram. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player 9/5 for Ronaldo to be UCL top scorerPorto goalkeeper Casillas commented: “In Portugal, they love me more than you!””In Portugal, they love me more than you!”Iker Casillas gatecrashed Cristiano Ronaldo’s baby announcement to troll the #RealMadrid star! pic.twitter.com/jMVDI6fx5r— Omnisport (@OmnisportNews) October 28, 2017Unabashed, Ronaldo clocked his former Real Madrid team-mate’s comment and saw the funny side, chuckling: “Iker, brother. In Portugal they love you very much. A hug!”last_img read more

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Hodgson backs Benteke for Belgium

first_imgChristian Benteke Hodgson backs Benteke for Belgium World Cup selection Jamie Smith 05:03 3/30/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Christian Benteke Getty Images Crystal Palace Crystal Palace v Liverpool Premier League Belgium v Tunisia Belgium Liverpool World Cup The Crystal Palace manager believes his striker can go to the World Cup despite only scoring two Premier League goals this season Christian Benteke is recovering his form and can earn a place in Belgium’s squad for the World Cup, according to Crystal Palace manager Roy Hodgson.Benteke has only scored two Premier League goals this season and was left out by Belgium coach Roberto Martinez for this week’s friendly against Saudi Arabia.The 27-year-old faces former club Liverpool in the Premier League on Saturday and Hodgson believes Benteke is on the right track to book a spot for Russia 2018. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player “He needs, and he knows he needs, to play as well as we think he is playing, at this moment in time,” Hodgson told reporters on Thursday.”I think his form is very much on the up. If the national coach, Roberto, was to watch his performance in particular against Huddersfield, but also against Tottenham and Manchester United, then he would be seeing the Benteke that he knows and has selected in the past.”I would defy anybody not to be impressed by the defensive work he did against Huddersfield. His hold-up play, his ability to bring other people into play, his runs and his movement were all the things we were hoping to see from him, I believe we are now seeing.”If he can add a goal or two or an assist to that, I am pretty certain that Roberto and his staff watching him will see the Benteke they know and want.”All Christian can do is produce those performances to keep his club in the league and then hopefully that will be recognised by his national team and he will get a place in the squad to go to Russia.”RH: [Is Salah one of the best in the world?] He’s certainly showing that this season. I’ve never worked with him so can only talk from having watched him. He must be delighted to be performing in that top bracket of players.#CPFC#CRYLIV pic.twitter.com/4RyGShx8jM— Crystal Palace F.C. (@CPFC) March 29, 2018Palace could be without influential winger Wilfried Zaha for Saturday’s game against Liverpool at Selhurst Park and Hodgson confirmed James Tomkins and Alexander Sorloth are also expected to miss out.”He has not been doing any training with us to any great extent,” Hodgson said of Ivory Coast international Zaha. “We are nursing the knee problem that he has.”He is one that we will have a look at tomorrow [Friday] and we hope that the knee will be okay. We have had to be very cautious with him after the Huddersfield game because he came back from injury a lot earlier than perhaps he should have done.”We were very disappointed to lose Jeffrey Schlupp in the last game, as he was out for a long time after the Brighton injury and did so well to get back so we are disappointed to lose him again.”We still have have doubts on James Tomkins and Alexander Sorloth, so will check them tomorrow but they are very much doubts.”last_img read more

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Juventus ready to listen to offers for Dybala

first_imgJuventus are willing to sell Paulo Dybala, although they are still waiting for an official bid to be made.The Serie A champions have received enquiries about the Argentine’s availability this summer, with Manchester United and Tottenham having been linked with an interest in the past.In addition, there have been reports that Juve are keen on Romelu Lukaku – Inter’s top transfer target – leaving open the possibility of a potential swap deal with the Red Devils. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? Ox-rated! Dream night in Genk for Liverpool ace after injury nightmare Messi a man for all Champions League seasons – but will this really be Barcelona’s? Juve are preparing for a future without Dybala, who joined the club from Palermo in 2015, and has gone on to score 99 times for the Italian champions, as well as setting up 46 goals. Since the arrival of Cristiano Ronaldo last summer, though, Dybala’s form has taken a downward turn in Turin, only managing to score five times in Serie A during the last campaign.Regardless, the 25-year-old Argentine is keen to remain in Turin and will speak to new boss Maurizio Sarri upon his return from Copa America exertions.Sarri, who joined from Chelsea this summer, has gone on record as appreciative of Dybala’s qualities, while rumours have suggested that he is open to the idea of a front three comprising of Ronaldo, Dybala and Brazilian Douglas Costa. Juve, whose priority in the forthcoming season will once again be winning the Champions League – a feat they have not achieved since 1996 – are currently trying to offload several strikers.Gonzalo Higauin, who spent the final few months of last season on loan at Chelsea, has attracted the interest of Roma, who are looking to bolster their attacking options ahead of the new season.Premier League outfit Everton, meanwhile, are interested in Moise Kean. The 19-year-old star enjoyed a breakthrough year last season, and is close to completing a move to Merseyside for a fee in the region of €40 million (£36m/$45m). Mario Mandzukic, now 33 years old, has also been deemed surplus to requirements.In terms of arrivals, Matthijs de Ligt has already signed this summer, joining from Ajax. Aaron Ramsey and Adrien Rabiot arrived on free transfers from Arsenal and PSG, respectively, while club legend Gianluigi Buffon also returned to Turin after a spell with the Ligue 1 champions.last_img read more

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Province Seeks Input on Best Use of Western Crown Lands

first_imgThe province is asking Nova Scotians for their thoughts on how to use 1.5 million acres of Crown land in western Nova Scotia. The input from the consultations, which the province committed to in December, will help develop a land-use plan, which includes lands bought from Bowater Mersey Ltd. “Public consultations will start in March so people can comment on how the Crown lands in that region should be used,” said Lunenburg West MLA Gary Ramey, on behalf of Natural Resources Minister Charlie Parker. “We will be asking Nova Scotians for their ideas on forestry and other activities on the land that can create economic gain for the region and the province.” Premier Darrell Dexter has said the province will put much of the land into the hands of those in the forestry industry who can best generate jobs and economic benefit. Government will also seek input from the Mi’kmaq, municipalities, industry, and communities for the long-term plan to manage the Crown land and its natural resources. Uses being considered for the land include forestry, agricultural operations, mineral exploration, renewable energy, wineries, producing maple syrup and growing cranberries. Some of the Crown land will also be used for community forests, announced in December. The Department of Natural Resources is reviewing submissions and will set up a community forest pilot project in the western region. “I am pleased to see the province involving Nova Scotians in these important discussions on our forests’ future because our forests hold valuable, renewable resources that are critical to our rural economy,” said Ron Smith, chair of the Transition Advisory Committee, which advised on buying the lands from Bowater Mersey Ltd. “Careful consideration of ways to make the most of these lands is important.” Talks have also begun to create a Mi’kmaq forestry initiative. “The Assembly of Nova Scotia Mi’kmaq Chiefs is encouraged that the province is committed to working collaboratively with the Mi’kmaq in this planning process,” said Chief Rod Googoo, assembly’s lead chief on lands. “The development of a Mi’kmaq forestry initiative will also provide an opportunity to ensure that the Mi’kmaq voice is heard.” During the planning, the province will consider access to lakes, roads, and trails on the lands. People are entitled to hunt and fish on all Crown lands as long as it does not interfere with leased or licensed lands, or the area is not barred by fish and wildlife regulations. The province will consult the public on land protection and provincial park use at a later date. The final plan will include sustainable forestry management, as described in the province’s natural resources strategy, The Path We Share. It will also meet new policies and guidelines for better forest management. Information about the consultations and the planning process is at http://novascotia.ca/natr/.last_img read more

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Be a virtual Ghostbuster at Torontos new Cineplex Rec Room

first_imgAdvertisement “We are at the point of The Great Train Robbery in terms of where this is, when you compare it to the history of film,” Reitman said at a media preview Tuesday, referring to the milestone 1903 silent movie. “From a film writing and directing point of view, it really changes all the rules how you have to create new stories to make use of this technology.”READ MORE Advertisement Login/Register With: Facebook If Cineplex’s new Rec Room is the video-game version of Canada’s Wonderland, then The Void is its Leviathan.This virtual reality experience is a Ghostbusters-themed thrill ride that makes it Canadian debut at the new Toronto bar.Costing $24 for about 15 minutes, The Void has the backing of Ivan Reitman, the legendary Canadian producer of Ghostbusters and other films, who is clearly excited about the storytelling possibilities of VR as a new medium. Twitter LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Advertisementlast_img read more

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Updated fisheries law could stem loss of stocks, biodiversity: supporters

Significant changes could be coming to the way fisheries are managed in Canada, giving hope for the rebound of some species and the protection of others, says an ocean conservation group.Josh Laughren, executive director of Oceana Canada, said proposed amendments to the Fisheries Act would prompt the government to rebuild stocks that fall below sustainable levels.And while the changes still include an “off ramp” for government to make decisions in the interest of short-term economics over longer sustainability, they would require those decisions to be made public, which Laughren said is a step toward ensuring past mistakes aren’t repeated.“We’ve kind of slept walked through this incredible decline in abundance and it’s been hidden by some of the economics of it,” Laughren said in an interview.More than half of the entire value of Canadian fisheries now comes from Atlantic invertebrates like lobster, crab and shrimp, he said, pointing to a 2015 report by the Department of Fisheries and Oceans.Not only does that make the industry more vulnerable to pathogens and disease, but the profitability of those fisheries have obscured the depletion of others like groundfish. Since 1970, Canada has seen fish biomass decline by 55 per cent, an expert panel convened by the Royal Society of Canada found.In the United States, fisheries laws have more bite because they clearly define “overfishing,” and when it occurs, action to stop and reverse the impacts is required within months. Forty-five stocks have been recovered since the law was introduced and 28 of the most successful ones were generating 54 per cent more revenue than when they were overfished, he said.Bill C-68 was introduced a month after the Liberal government was sworn in and had its second reading in the Senate in December.Laughren said he’s very hopeful the bill could improve biodiversity in a way that also creates more economic opportunity.“Abundance provides options, abundance makes allocation a hell of a lot easier and provides more value. I think we’ve kind of forgotten about how important that is,” he said.Others are more wary.Paul Lansbergen, who represents commercial fisheries as president of the Fisheries Council of Canada, said that beyond protecting fish stocks the law should also protect “sustainable” fishing rights.“The most significant policy issue facing the sector is a concern of stability of access to the fishing resource,” he told the Senate standing committee reviewing the bill.  “The use of fisheries is missing in the current wording of the bill.”Lansbergen said the council will reserve an opinion on the law until accompanying regulations are revealed. But he told the committee it represents a significant change that will have long-standing implications for the sector and the health of the oceans and fish resources.Canada’s seafood industry employs 80,000 people and accounts for $7 billion in exports to more than 130 countries.  Lansbergen said Canada is already a “global leader” in sustainable fisheries management, noting that 80 per cent of wild seafood production is certified by the Marine Stewardship Council.He warned against forcing commercial fishermen to give up their licences.“Taking away long-standing licences and quotas does not respect past investments and has eroded the sector’s confidence to invest and could undermine conservation efforts,” he said.Martin Mallet, executive director of the Maritime Fishermen’s Union, said he’s hoping the bill passes without too many hiccups, adding most fishermen associations in Atlantic Canada support the bill.Mallet said the union particularly likes the way the bill would enshrine an existing owner-operator policy into law so it can be better enforced.It would give stronger protection to East Coast fishermen against unaffordable quota costs that have made fishing more expensive than it’s worth in some other jurisdictions, he said.“The West Coast fisheries are an example of what could happen if you don’t have this type of regulation. You end up having companies and investors basically buying the rights to the fish,” he said, with fishermen then leasing the quota from them.It can mean less economic benefit funnelled into local communities, he said.Bill C-68 also provides new authorities for Indigenous participation in the fisheries along with their co-management.Terry Teegee, regional chief with the British Columbia Assembly of First Nations, said he generally supports the bill but would like even stronger protection for First Nations’ inherent and constitutionally protected rights.Many of the sections regarding Indigenous participation use language like “may” instead of “shall,” which means it doesn’t compel action, he said.Teegee said Indigenous knowledge systems should be recognized on a level playing field with government science. Committing to rebuild fish stocks and habitat restoration could be seen as an act of reconciliation, he said.“I think the bill itself is better than it was but certainly I think there can be improvements and more commitments to Indigenous people,” he said.The clock is ticking on the bill head of the federal election this fall but Teegee said fisheries protection shouldn’t depend on who holds power.“Right now we’re seeing climate change and we’re seeing fish stocks declining. We need to really fix things and make some interventions,” he said.Amy Smart, The Canadian Press read more

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Japan to help Sri Lanka consolidate peace

The Government of Japan has extended US$723,568 (approximately Rs. 90 million) to the “Project on Livelihood Assistance for Returnees in the North and East of Sri Lanka” to be implemented by JEN, a Japanese NGO, in order to improve the livelihood of the resettled communities in the North and East under the Japan-NGO cooperation Grant scheme funded by the Government of Japan.The project titled “Project on Livelihood Assistance for Returnees in the North and East of Sri Lanka” will support to rehabilitate and uplift livelihood of the people through constructing agro-wells and providing necessary tools such as water pumps, and seeds and plants as well as workshops. It is envisaged that the project would facilitate stable water supply, ensure livelihood and food security, and improve income of nearly 350 families directly and indirectly. “JEN is an international NGO established in 1994 to provide victims of conflicts and natural disasters with emergency assistance and support for self-reliance across the globe. In Sri Lanka, JEN started its operations in the aftermath of the Tsunami in 2004. Soon after completing the operation, JEN has focused on assisting the people affected by the conflict in the East since 2007 and in the North since 2009,” Ms. Watanabe, Administration and Finance Officer of Colombo Office of JEN, said.From 1st February 2013, JEN starts a new 1-year project “Project on Livelihood Assistance for Returnees in the North and East of Sri Lanka”. (Colombo Gazette) As a nation which commits itself and also contributes to global peace and prosperity, Japan focuses its assistance in Sri Lanka on consolidation of peace and reconstruction as well as medium and long-term vision for development, the Japanese Embassy in Colombo said. In this context, Japan has given high priority to support the reconstruction of the Northern and the Eastern provinces and to improving the living conditions of the people. Japan also extended its fullest support towards the peace process since it firmly believes that peace and reconciliation are pre-requisites for sustainable development and prosperity of Sri Lanka. read more

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Indicted Bosnian Serb war crimes suspect transferred to UN tribunal

The 47-year old suspect was a shift commander in 1992 at the Keraterm camp, where detainees, held in severely overcrowded conditions with little or no personal hygiene facilities, were fed starvation rations once a day, according to the indictment. Interrogations were allegedly conducted on a daily basis and regularly accompanied by beatings and torture.The indictment says killings, sexual assault and other forms of physical and psychological abuse were also commonplace at the Keraterm camp. Camp guards and others used “all types of weapons and instruments to beat and otherwise physically abuse the detainees.” Bosnian Muslim and Bosnian Croat political and civic leaders, intellectuals, the wealthy and non-Serbs who were considered to be extremists or to have resisted the Bosnian Serbs were especially subjected to beatings, torture and/or murder.”At a minimum, hundreds of detainees, whose identities are known and unknown, did not survive,” the UN court said in a statement today.Mr. Fustar faces charges of crimes against humanity, including persecutions on political, racial and religious grounds, as well as violations of the laws or customs of war such as outrages upon personal dignity, murder, cruel treatment and torture.In the coming days, the Tribunal is expected to set a date for the suspect to enter a plea in response to the charges against him. read more

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TSX little changed traders look for stimulus from US Chinese central banks

AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email TSX little changed, traders look for stimulus from U.S., Chinese central banks by Malcolm Morrison, The Canadian Press Posted Sep 11, 2012 4:31 pm MDT TORONTO – The Toronto stock market closed little changed Tuesday amid hopes that the Chinese government and U.S. central bank will move to launch stimulus measures to boost their slowing economies.The S&P/TSX composite index edged up 5.02 points to 12,220.45 after China’s Premier Wen Jiabao promised more tax cuts and measures to boost consumer spending during a speech to the World Economic Forum. The TSX Venture Exchange rose 3.89 points to 1,274.6.The Canadian dollar closed up 0.45 of a cent to a 13-month high of 102.75 cents US as the greenback weakened ahead of the Federal Reserve’s two-day meeting on interest rates. The U.S. central bank could announce another round of quantitative easing, which would see the Fed print more money to buy up bonds in order to keep interest rates low and encourage lending.U.S. markets were higher as the Dow Jones industrials gained 69.07 points to 13,323.36.The Nasdaq composite index was 0.51 of a point higher to 3,104.53. Shares in Apple Inc. were down slightly a day before the tech icon was expected to announce a new iPhone. It may also unveil a mini iPad. The company’s stock declined $2.15 to US$660.59.The S&P 500 index was ahead 4.48 points to 1,433.56.There were increased expectations that the Fed would provide another jolt for the economy after jobs data released Friday failed to meet modest expectations of 125,000 new jobs. Instead, the U.S. economy cranked out 97,000 jobs and employment numbers for June and July were revised downward.However, there is a degree of uncertainty as to whether the Fed will act now, especially as it may not want to become a key point of debate in the upcoming U.S. presidential election.“They can’t be seen to be doing too much in the way of massive stimulus,” said Gavin Graham, president of Graham Investment Strategy.“For example, in the days when the Fed could still cut interest rates, by the time you got to July, August, that was about as late as you could go in terms of changing rates because after that it would be attempting to influence the election.”Meanwhile, Wen’s commitment to stimulative measures came a day after data showed that China’s economic slump is worsening.China’s imports declined 2.6 per cent from a year earlier during August, below analysts’ expectations of growth in low single digits. That came on top of August’s decline in factory output to a three-year low and other signs growth is still decelerating despite repeated stimulus efforts.A slowing Chinese economy is particularly bad news for commodity prices and stocks on the resource-intensive Toronto stock market.The TSX felt late session pressure from the financial sector, which finished the day down 0.33 per cent. TD Bank (TSX:TD) shed 67 cents to $81.57 while Royal Bank (TSX:RY) gave up 63 cents to $55.81.Telecoms also pressured the TSX as Telus Corp. (TSX:T) declined 71 cents to $61.61.Resource stocks led TSX gainers while commodities moved higher.The energy sector was ahead 0.47 per cent as the October crude contract on the New York Mercantile Exchange moved up 63 cents to US$97.17 a barrel. Canadian Natural Resources (TSX:CNQ) was up 55 cents to $32.18 while Precision Drilling (TSX:PD) advanced 23 cents to $8.43.The mining sector was up 1.5 per cent while December copper on the Nymex was up one cent to US$3.70 a pound, adding to a 17-cent jump over the past two sessions. Teck Resources climbed $1.54 to $30.77 while HudBay Minerals (TSX:HBM) was up 38 cents to $9.47.December bullion gained $3.10 to US$1,734.90 an ounce and the gold sector was unchanged.Industrials also provided lift as Canadian National Railways (TSX:CNR) advanced 82 cents to $91.17.Traders also took in a sobering warning from Moody’s Investors Service.The ratings agency says it would likely cut its “Aaa” rating on U.S. government debt, probably by one notch, if key budget negotiations fail.If Congress does not reach a budget deal, more than US$600 billion in spending cuts and tax increases will kick in next year, a scenario that’s been dubbed the “fiscal cliff” because it is likely to send the economy back into recession and drive unemployment up.Traders also looked ahead to an important court decision being handed down on Wednesday.A German court is expected to rule on a request to block the country’s approval of the eurozone’s permanent bailout fund, the European Stability Mechanism, or ESM.The Germany Federal Constitutional Court on Tuesday rejected a last-minute plea to postpone its ruling.Plaintiffs had argued the European Central Bank’s decision last week to buy up government bonds “created a completely new situation” regarding whether the €500 billion fund was constitutional.The court’s decision on the injunction is widely anticipated as a harbinger of how it might rule on the constitutionality of the ESM overall.In corporate news, U.S. mall owner General Growth Properties, Inc., whose major shareholder is Toronto-based Brookfield Asset Management (TSX:BAM.A), has rejected an activist investor’s push for a sale of the company to a rival American mall owner. The board of directors at GGP filed a letter Monday to Bill Ackman’s Pershing Square Capital saying that it has decided to continue its current path for growth. Brookfield shares dipped 16 cents to $34.09. read more

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South Sudan amid fresh clashes in Malakal UN mission ramps up civilian

The Mission said that fighting between Sudan People’s Liberation Army (SPLA) opposition forces and Government troops, which started this morning, appeared to have subsided, although there are continued reports of gunfire and mortars being heard in the area, a UN spokesperson told journalists in New York.Simultaneously, inter-communal clashes flared up within the UNMISS compound where 21,568 internally displaced persons are seeking refuge.The situation inside the UN compound has since been brought under control, according to the latest information from the Mission which is providing medical treatment to a number of wounded people. UNMISS says that 10 people died at its hospital from injuries received both inside and outside its compound. “The Mission strongly condemns those who instigated the inter-communal violence,” according to a news release from UNMISS, “and reserves the right to take appropriate action against these individuals.”“Continued fighting between the parties over control of the state capital “will only exacerbate an already dire situation for the civilian population and undermine efforts to stabilize the situation in [the country],” the Mission said.UNMISS, which protects some 75,000 civilians in bases around the country, stressed that both parties to this conflict must respect the “inviolability of the premises and facilities of the UN” and its “impartial role in the current crisis” along with a commitment to protect all civilians, whatever their background.“It is imperative that both parties fully comply with the Cessation of Hostilities-agreement,” the Mission stressed, noting the ongoing talks under the auspices of the Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD).The mediation effort between the Government of South Sudan and the wider SPLA led to a ceasefire signed last month in the Ethiopian capital, Addis Ababa.The UN in South Sudan today called on both sides to establish a monitoring and verification mechanism for the ceasefire, which is critical for progress in the negotiations and for a peaceful settlement of the conflict in the country. Over the past two months, thousands of people are believed to have been killed by fighting that began as a political dispute between President Salva Kiir and his former deputy president, Riek Machar. Some 870,000 others have fled their homes, 145,000 of them to neighbouring countries and 75,000 to UNMISS bases. read more

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Myanmar UN official calls on authorities to ensure safety of aid workers

“I call upon the Government to ensure the protection of the humanitarian and development community in Rakhine state,” Toily Kurbanov, the acting UN Resident and Humanitarian Coordinator in Myanmar, said in a statement.He stated that the UN and its partners remain determined to continue providing life-saving humanitarian assistance, and reiterated concern that any reduction of humanitarian presence could negatively affect the protection of vulnerable people. “I urge the authorities to ensure an appropriate response is provided and perpetrators are held accountable.”Rakhine state has been scene of waves of violence between Buddhists and Rohingya Muslims, which has seen hundreds of people killed and tens of thousands more made homeless.The attacks this week in Sittwe were reportedly triggered by reports that a foreign aid worker had treated a Buddhist flag disrespectfully. read more

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Man hit by bus as he crosses road before dusting himself down

first_imgA man was knocked down by an out-of-control bus – before miraculously getting up and walking into a pub.Simon Smith said he is lucky to be alive after being struck by the double-decker as he crossed the road in Reading.CCTV footage showed him being knocked off his feet from behind and thrown around 20ft by the bus that mounted the pavement. Mr McNaught said: “We’ve known Simon for about 20 years. He went to hospital, he’s ok he’s a bit frail today, he’s not feeling the best. He went to hospital the paramedics who called the ambulance took him. He’s bruised and shocked I think. It’s absolutely crazy.”A spokesman for South Central Service said Mr Smith’s injuries were initially recorded as a result of being hit by debris because they were so minor.  Simon Smith looked over his shoulder towards the commotion just before he was hitCredit:Purple Turtle/SWNS.com Mr Smith was crossing Gun Street when he was knocked down by the Number 17 bus that had veered onto the pavement. Incredibly, Mr Smith walked away with only minor injuries. Seconds after the crash, he is seen standing up unaided, dusting himself down – and walking into the entrance of a bar.Thames Valley Police said they are still investigating the crash but have not made any arrests at this stage. Mr Smith’s wife told the Telegraph: “He’s suffering. He’s on a lot of pain, he shouldn’t be here. She added that his “recovery is the main thing”. South Central Ambulance service said they initially misreported Mr Smith’s injuries because he appeared to have come out of the crash unscathed.A spokesman said: “he informed staff that he had been hit by a bus and they thought from the incident log that he was unscathed and initially sent out a statement saying he was hit by debris from the shop front”. He added: “He was taken to hospital with minor injuries and discharged later that day I believe”A Thames Valley Police spokesman said the road was closed for about two hours. No arrests have been made. The double-decker bus windscreens is seen to have shattered in the impactCredit:Purple Turtle/SWNS Simon Smith looked over his shoulder towards the commotion just before he was hit She added that his “recovery is the main thing”. South Central Ambulance service said they initially misreported Mr Smith’s injuries because he appeared to have come out of the crash unscathed.A spokesman said: “he informed staff that he had been hit by a bus and they thought from the incident log that he was unscathed and initially sent out a statement saying he was hit by debris from the shop front”. Reading Buses said it is investigating the “awful incident”, which happened at about 9.10am on Saturday. The driver has been “taken off the road” pending the investigation. He is flung over onto the pavement by the vehicleCredit:Purple Turtle/SWNS A Reading Buses spokesman confirmed the pedestrian was injured, but said he was not seriously hurt. He said the driver had been “taken off the road” while an investigation into the incident was carried out. Apparently without having suffered serious injury, Mr Smith walks into the entrance of the Purple TurtleCredit:Purple Turtle / SWNS Mr McNaught said: “We’ve known Simon for about 20 years. He went to hospital, he’s ok he’s a bit frail today, he’s not feeling the best. He went to hospital the paramedics who called the ambulance took him. He’s bruised and shocked I think. It’s absolutely crazy.”A spokesman for South Central Service said Mr Smith’s injuries were initially recorded as a result of being hit by debris because they were so minor.  Reading Buses said it is investigating the “awful incident”, which happened at about 9.10am on Saturday. The driver has been “taken off the road” pending the investigation. The pedestrian lies on the pavement after being thrown around 20ft – as the bus goes in a different directionCredit:Purple Turtle/SWNS The vehicle also hit street furniture before hitting the pedestrian, who looked over his shoulder towards the commotion just before he was hit.After behind thrown through the air, he landed outside The Purple Turtle Bar. The bus itself had its windscreen shattered following the impact, before coming to a halt a short distance away.Stuart McNaught, the bar manager of the establishment, told the The Daily Telegraph Mr Smith was later transferred to hospital but had emerged from the accident with just bruises. The double-decker bus's windscreens is seen to have shattered in the impact “The incident is the subject of an ongoing internal investigation as well as an investigation by the police with whom we are working and sharing footage from our on-board CCTV, so it would be inappropriate for us to comment or speculate on this until it has run its course.”We can assure the public that all our drivers are incredibly professional and trained to the highest standard. Our buses receive regular checks by our award-winning engineering department.”We send our regrets to those affected, especially the pedestrian injured in the street and hope that he is recovering from his injuries.” Apparently without having suffered serious injury, Mr Smith walks into the entrance of the Purple Turtle The bus's windscreen was shattered after the man was knocked down A man was knocked down by an out-of-control bus – before miraculously getting up and walking into a pub.Simon Smith said he is lucky to be alive after being struck by the double-decker as he crossed the road in Reading.CCTV footage showed him being knocked off his feet from behind and thrown around 20ft by the bus that mounted the pavement. He added: “He was taken to hospital with minor injuries and discharged later that day I believe”A Thames Valley Police spokesman said the road was closed for about two hours. No arrests have been made. But he was knocked off his feet from behind as the bus mounted the pavement Mr Smith was crossing Gun Street when he was knocked down by the Number 17 bus that had veered onto the pavement. Damage outside the Purple Turtle following the crashCredit:Nic Hoskins/SWNS The Reading Buses spokesman added: “We are obviously shocked by the incident as well as the very graphic footage that has been shared a number of times.”Thankfully, the pedestrian does not have any major injuries and there were no major injuries to passengers on the bus. Incredibly, Mr Smith walked away with only minor injuries. Seconds after the crash, he is seen standing up unaided, dusting himself down – and walking into the entrance of a bar.Thames Valley Police said they are still investigating the crash but have not made any arrests at this stage. Mr Smith’s wife told the Telegraph: “He’s suffering. He’s on a lot of pain, he shouldn’t be here. A Reading Buses spokesman confirmed the pedestrian was injured, but said he was not seriously hurt. He said the driver had been “taken off the road” while an investigation into the incident was carried out. The bus’s windscreen was shattered after the man was knocked downCredit:Nic Hoskins/SWNS The pedestrian lies on the pavement after being thrown around 20ft - as the bus goes in a different direction Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. Damage outside the Purple Turtle following the crash But he was knocked off his feet from behind as the bus mounted the pavementCredit:Purple Turtle/SWNS.com “The incident is the subject of an ongoing internal investigation as well as an investigation by the police with whom we are working and sharing footage from our on-board CCTV, so it would be inappropriate for us to comment or speculate on this until it has run its course.”We can assure the public that all our drivers are incredibly professional and trained to the highest standard. Our buses receive regular checks by our award-winning engineering department.”We send our regrets to those affected, especially the pedestrian injured in the street and hope that he is recovering from his injuries.” He is flung over onto the pavement by the vehicle The vehicle also hit street furniture before hitting the pedestrian, who looked over his shoulder towards the commotion just before he was hit.After behind thrown through the air, he landed outside The Purple Turtle Bar. The bus itself had its windscreen shattered following the impact, before coming to a halt a short distance away.Stuart McNaught, the bar manager of the establishment, told the The Daily Telegraph Mr Smith was later transferred to hospital but had emerged from the accident with just bruises. The Reading Buses spokesman added: “We are obviously shocked by the incident as well as the very graphic footage that has been shared a number of times.”Thankfully, the pedestrian does not have any major injuries and there were no major injuries to passengers on the bus. The Number 17 bus throws the unsuspecting pedestrian forwards The Number 17 bus throws the unsuspecting pedestrian forwardsCredit:Purple Turtle/SWNSlast_img read more

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Durco Filters at MINExpo

first_imgDurco will be displaying its filtration equipment and engineering capabilities. Durco Filters by Ascension Industries is a manufacturer of liquid-solid separation filtration systems, which include filters, sludge/cake dryers, chutes and diverters, structural steel, conveyors and baggers, Its equipment is often used in tailing and de-watering for mining applications. Installed in mines across the globe, the equipment can be found throughout the USA, Canada, Chile, Peru and Mexico.    The picture shows an  EP Filter Press.  Working alongside engineering firms and end users alike, it is more than an equipment manufacturer. Durco provides worldclass engineering and manufacturing services in-house to build the high quality filtration equipment.last_img read more

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Barminco and Independence Group establish Technology Development Committee

first_imgBarminco Holdings and Independence Group have established a Technology Development Committee at the same time as the two agreed to extend the services contract at the Australian miner’s Nova nickel-copper-cobalt operation in Western Australia.The committee’s aim is to identify and implement innovative methods and technologies to advance safety and productivity in underground mining. According to Barminco Chief Executive Officer, Paul Muller, this will initially target projects such as the early stage development of electric vehicles, enhanced mine control systems, machine vision and proximity detection.In the meantime, a four-year contract extension for underground mining services at Nova will see Barminco pocket some A$240 million ($170 million). There is an option for a two-year extension within the contract.Muller said Nova was an important project for the company, with Barminco delivering 29 km of development and extracting 2.4 Mt of ore since development started in 2015.“Barminco has supported the Nova project’s transition from development, starting with excavation of the box-cut on Australia Day 2015, to production, delivering a successful first year of commercial production in the 2018 financial year.” The 2018 financial year saw the operation produce 22,258 t of nickel and 9,545 t of copper.Muller added: “We now look forward to working closely with IGO under a formal arrangement to drive further productivity and safety improvements at Nova.”Peter Bradford, IGO’s Managing Director and CEO, said: “Barminco has been an important partner in the development of Nova. With the majority of the capital development completed at Nova there is a focus on incremental operational and productivity improvements associated with stope mining activities.“The four-year term, with the option to extend by two years, allows us to work together to unlock this value.”He added that both companies are committed to mapping and implementing these productivity improvements through new technologies, with the establishment of the technology committee representing an important step towards this objective.Just last week, Barminco, which is in the middle of being taken over by Ausdrill, was awarded two four-year contracts at Gold Fields’ Agnew gold mine in Western Australia.On the same day the Nova contract extension was announced, Ausdrill confirmed its shareholders had signed off the deal for Barminco. The offer values Barminco’s equity at A$271.5 million. The deal is now expected to be completed by the end of the month.last_img read more

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Varadkar in quotes From not trusting Fianna Fáil to paying jobless immigrants

first_img Varadkar accepting congratulations after his election as Taoiseach. Source: Oireachtas.ieLEO VARADKAR WAS elected as Taoiseach in the Dáil yesterday, taking over a Fine Gael minority government after the departure of Enda Kenny.Amazingly, it was ten years to the day between when Varadkar entered the Dáil for the first time and when he was elected Taoiseach yesterday.In that time, the Dublin West TD has rarely been shy about speaking his mind and has said many things on issues he will now have to approach as Taoiseach.So here’s a collection of some of what he has said over the years on a range of issues that are likely to come up again.On abortion Source: TheJournal.ie/YouTubeIn an interview with TheJournal.ie as Health Minister in December 2014, Varadkar accepted that women’s lives are put at risk by Ireland’s abortion laws.The truth is, it is impossible to legislate to end all human tragedies associated with pregnancy. Countries like Ireland with very conservative abortion laws potentially put the lives of women at risk because of our laws but then countries with very liberal laws, Britain for example, not only do they end the life of the unborn, they also put women at risk because women can die as a result of terminations, be injured as a result of them or even lose their fertility. By Rónán Duffy Jun 15th 2017, 6:10 AM Varadkar’s supporters celebrating his re-election last year. Source: RollingNews.ieOn industrial relations Again while running for the leadership of this party, Varadkar defended his proposal to ban ‘essential’ public workers from going on strike.If a dispute is long and protracted, and if it goes to the Labour Court – bear in mind that the union and employer have to agree that it goes to the Labour Court – that should be the end of it.On working with Fianna FáilIn Fine Gael’s negotiations with Fianna Fáil that resulted in the confidence and supply arrangement last year, Varadkar is said to have been less enthusiastic about thrashing out a deal than many of his colleagues.In the election that came before those talks, Varadkar spoke openly about his distrust of Fianna Fáil.It’s not about the civil war, the civil war is over a long time and I don’t particularly come from a traditional Fine Gael background. It’s a mistake to think it’s still about the civil war because it’s actually about trust and we just don’t trust them (Fianna Fáil).Read: Writers and artists will now find it a lot easier to get social welfare >Opinion: ‘We need to be cautious about celebrating Varadkar’s political success’ > 24,248 Views http://jrnl.ie/3444088 Short URL 14 Comments center_img Thursday 15 Jun 2017, 6:10 AM Share504 Tweet Email Varadkar was appointed to Fine Gael’s front bench in 2010. Source: Leon Farrell/RollingNews.ieSpeaking to Hot Press magazine four years earlier in 2010, Varadkar was asked straight-out whether he felt abortion should be legalised in Ireland. “I do not,” was his blunt answer.He was also asked about the thousands of Irish women who travel abroad to have a termination:I don’t think you can stop people travelling overseas. There are other things that are legal in other countries, and we don’t say to Irish people that you are a criminal for going overseas and doing things that are legal there. You have to allow people their personal freedom in that regard.In recent years, Varadkar was criticised for refusing to answer questions about abortion in an interview with the Sunday Independent ahead of the general election in February 2016.In the interview, he said he didn’t believe abortion was a class issue and added that he felt the right to life should be enshrined in the constitution.It would be weird to me if the right to property was there [in the Constitution] and not the right to be alive.On immigration Varadkar during Fine Gael leadership hustings in Dublin last month. Source: Leah Farrell/RollingNews.ieIn September 2008, Varadkar raised a few eyebrows by suggesting that unemployed foreign nationals on the Live Register be offered six months of benefits if they left the country.Would there be a case for making an offer to foreign nationals on the live register to receive up to six months of benefits if they agree to repatriate to their country of origin and forego benefits? Would it not make sense economically to give them that option? It would not be forced on them but would just be an option.On a reunited IrelandSpeaking at the Arthur Griffith commemoration in Glasnevin cemetery, Varadkar said that he thinks a united Ireland will happen.I share the vision of An Taoiseach that foresees a united Ireland at some point in the future, and I share his belief in how it should be achieved.In his policy paper published as he ran for the leadership of Fine Gael, Varadkar said the country must prepare itself for that possibility.We need to prepare for the possibility that a United Ireland or shared sovereignty will occur in our lifetime. However, before we have territorial unity, we must have unity among people. Real lasting workable unity can only come about with support from both communities. Varadkar in quotes: From not trusting Fianna Fáil to paying jobless immigrants to leave The new Taoiseach has had plenty to say on a range of issues in his 10 years as a TD. Varadkar during his time as Minister for Health. Source: LeonFarrell/RollingNews.ieLater that same week, Varadkar went further and made a high-profile speech to the Dáil in which he outlined more of his personal views on the issue of abortion.The speech was particularly noteworthy at the time because of Varadkar’s position and also because of what he said. During the course of his speech he described himself as ‘pro-life’ and also said that the Eighth Amendment was “too restrictive”.Speaking today as Minister for Health, and also as a medical doctor, and knowing now all that I do now, it is my considered view that the eighth amendment is too restrictive. While it protects the right to life of the mother, it has no regard for her long-term health. I consider myself to be pro-life in that I accept that the unborn child is a human life with rights. I cannot, therefore, accept the view that it is a simple matter of choice. There are two lives involved in any pregnancy. For that reason, like most people in the country, I do not support abortion on request or on demand. Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

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Davie Stephens Wins SoyPAC Lapel Pin Drawing at 10th Annual ASA Soy

first_imgThe American Soybean Association (ASA) celebrated the 10th anniversary of the ASA SoyPAC and the anniversary of the annual Soy Social and Auction during the 20th Commodity Classic in February.The Soy Social and Auction was once again a successful event for soybean producers, raising money to support the SoyPAC and providing an enjoyable evening for our registered participants.Congratulations to Davie Stephens, Wingo, Ky., the winner of the SoyPAC Lapel Pin Drawing for the 10th Anniversary Soy Social and Auction.ASA thanks our tremendous industry partners and state affiliates for their support of the Soy Social and Auction. Their efforts continue to make the auction a highlight of Commodity Classic for soybean producers.To all volunteers, thank you for lending a hand; you simply made our loads lighter and smoother. ASA would like you to know that we appreciate you for helping ASA pull off this year’s event with successful results. Thank you! You are one of the reasons behind our success.We hope you will join us next year for the 11th annual Soy Social and Auction.last_img read more

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